WIAW Me Vs. Them

Howdy Ho Ranger Joes!

I really don’t know where that came from.

But I’m just going to role with the Full House reference and take it as a sign that I’m officially on vacation.

Relaxed. Carefree.

And totally ready for the upcoming days.

End of the world? Check.

Giveaway post? Check… See below for a sneak peek at what I have in store for you all tomorrow.

WIAW post? Check.

I’ve been so thrilled with how my Christmas vacation has been going so far. One of the things that I’ve really been loving is getting to make all sorts of amazing food. Food for me, and food for them. “Them” being my family. So today’s WIAW post is going to be a little show-down of Me vs. Them in terms of food. I think you’ll quickly see a difference. Ha.

Thanks Jenn!

Disclaimer: These posts do not reflect everything that I eat during a day. There are a lot of unpictured snacks like fruit and vegetables, as well as undocumented nibbles as I’m making my meals.


Me: Banana “Ice Cream”


Them (aka. Mom): 2 fried eggs with 2 slices of buttered toast



Me: Microwave Veggie and Rice Soup


I finally did it! I made SOUP.


You didn’t think I’d leave you without a recipe, did you?

Microwave Veggie and Rice Soup

Gluten-free, low fat, vegan, nut-free, microwaveable


  • 1/4-1/2 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 serving (3/4 cup) baby carrots
  • 1 cup sliced zucchini
  • More water as needed


  1. Add uncooked rice and water to a medium-sized bowl. Microwave for 8-10 minutes until cooked.
  2. To the cooked rice add the carrots and zucchini. Cover with more water (about 1/2 cup).
  3. Cook for an additional 6 minutes, or until veggies are soft when pierced with fork.
  4. Enjoy alone, or with an added protein.

I mixed in turkey meatballs with mine!


For added convenience, I transferred the soup to a coffee thermos and ate it on-the-go.


Them (aka. Mom and Dad): Bubble Pizza

I love making food for my family. One such food is Bubble Pizza. It’s a cinch to make.

It is not however, allergy-free, but I’ll include substitution ideas for all of the questionable ingredients and hopefully you can make this dish to fit your needs. It’s seriously delicious!

Bubble Pizza

  • 12 canned biscuits*
  • 1 jar (3 cups) pizza/spaghetti sauce*
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese*
  • Meat (optional): 1 pound cooked ground beef, sliced pepperoni, sausage
  • Vegetables (optional)


  1. Tear half of the biscuits into four pieces and distribute evenly into a sprayed 13×9 casserole dish. Place in oven as it is preheating to 400 degrees.
  2. Meanwhile, tear the other half of the biscuits and place in a bowl. Add the pizza sauce, 1 cup of cheese, and any desired add-ins like meat or vegetables (I added pepperoni).
  3. Remove the dish from the oven when preheated. Spray again to prevent sticking as the oil will have baked off.
  4. Pour the mixture of biscuit, sauce and cheese over the baked biscuit layer.
  5. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining 2 cups of shredded cheese on top and add a layer of pepperoni (optional). Bake for another 5 minutes until cheese is melted.

Substitution Notes:

  • Any biscuit recipe will work, including vegan and gluten-free variations. Just make a batch, divide it in half, and separate into small pieces.
  • Again, any pizza or spaghetti sauce will work here. If allergic to tomatoes, you can use a creamy alfredo sauce or a sauce made from pureed peppers and carrots.
  • A shredded soy or nut-based cheese can be used in place of the mozzarella cheese to make this dairy-free and vegan.





On the way back from my doctor’s appointment today my mom and I stopped at Whole Foods to buy a few necessary items, as well as to get supper. I was starving!


Me: From the hot and cold bar- Salad with lettuce, cucumbers and shredded carrots; brown rice; roasted rosemary chicken.


Them (aka. Mom): Slice of pepperoni and sausage pizza; orange cranberry scone.



Me: Apple Chips.

I saw these apple chips featured on Modern Girl Nutrition, so when I spotted them at my college’s convenience store I knew I had to buy a bag.

The verdict?

Sweet. Crunchy. Amazing.


I was so inspired that I even made my own in the dehydrator yesterday (I’m in love).


Them (aka. Family): Junk Food Galore.

I had a lot of money leftover on my meal plan from school (still have over $100 from this semester), so before I left I bought up some snacks for my family. A few I’ve already given to them, and a few I’m saving for makeshift Christmas gifts.


Well, could you see a difference in the meals we ate? I bet you could.

But anyways, moving onto the sneak peek of the giveaway that I have in store for you all! Check back on Thursday. There will be multiple ways to win, and you don’t want to miss it.


That is all.


Are you on Christmas Break yet? If not, how many days do you have until you’re off?

Do you ever compare your food to others? I know I sure do!

Are you ready for my giveaway?Β Say “yes!”

53 thoughts on “WIAW Me Vs. Them

    • Yay! At least I know I’ll have one person enter tomorrow πŸ™‚ And I hope you do try out the bubble pizza. It’s so good. I bet you could use a homemade recipe for the biscuits, or even make some out of the gluten-free bisquick mix.

  1. Yay for Christmas break! I have one more day of work left (not counting today), and then I have more than two weeks off, returning to work on Jan 7th. I’m so excited to spend a lot of time with family and friends.
    Happy holidays!

  2. I’m finally on Christmas break too and couldn’t be more excited!! Looks like you’re having a ton of fun with your mom. When I first had to start eating GF it was really hard for me to go home and see everyone else enjoying pizza and whatnot when I couldn’t…I like your approach better. Appreciating what you can eat!

  3. MY boyfriend would LOVE that bubble pizza- I am definitely going to have to try making it for him.
    So happy you are done with exams and onto enjoying your break- relax and have fun with your family. Can’t wait for the giveaway πŸ™‚

    • I bet he would like it. My family likes it best with ground sausage mixed in, but I tried for a lightened up version… Reduced fat biscuits, 2% cheese, turkey pepperoni πŸ™‚

      Break is going great! Certainly a great time to relax. I’m so excited for the giveaway. Glad that other people are liking the idea too. Honestly I was kind of worried that I’d only have like… 2 entries. Haha.

  4. I made my little sister do the same with her leftover meal plan $$$! She goes to Cal Poly so they make their own cheese, jam, and ice cream which will all be eaten up as soon as I get home! But it is such a great idea for little stocking stuffers πŸ™‚

    • My dining hall had homemade loaves of banana bread, pumpkin rolls and caramel corn. I only managed to pick up some of the caramel corn as they were out of everything else. Homemade cheese, jam, and ice cream sounds fantastic though! Good plan πŸ™‚

  5. Enjoy your break- sounds amazing!! Too bad motherhood doesn’t have holiday breaks. πŸ™‚ But I am looking forward to having my husband off. Your parents eat very similarly to mine… it’s hard not to compare. Maybe our veggie-packed eating habits will slowly impact them…

  6. Such a cool idea! It’s so interesting to see the difference between you and your family. My husband eats completely different to me about 70% of the time. It’s pretty much just dinner we eat the same. He doesn’t even eat breakfast!!
    I love that you had ice cream for breakfast! Yum πŸ™‚ and I love your thermos!

  7. Yay for making soup! I love soup!
    On holiday from Today – yyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!
    Hope you enjoy the HH book – have seen such great reviews about it!

  8. Wow you guys certainly do eat differently!!! If I’m honest, I MUCH preferred your meals πŸ˜‰ I’d love to try those apple chips. They look totally scrumptious!
    It’s wonderful to hear how much your enjoying the holidays πŸ™‚ Our holidays start at lunch time tomorrow and I’m so excited!

  9. Woah does bubble pizza sound good πŸ™‚ I try not to compare what I eat to others–I enjoy my food, and it works for my goals, but food is such a personal thing/decision, eh, I’m all for people eating what works for them!

    • Me too. “Most” of the time my family doesn’t have a problem with the way they eat. To be honest, if I didn’t have stomach problems my meals would probably look a little more like theirs. And there really is nothing wrong with that. Exactly what you said- Whatever works for them!

  10. Pingback: FFF Returns! | Eating 4 Balance

  11. Pingback: My Souper Weekend (WIAW) | Eating 4 Balance

  12. Pingback: These Girls Are on Fire | Eating 4 Balance

  13. Pingback: Friday Food Finds #12 | Eating 4 Balance

  14. Pingback: Coming Soon to a Blog Near You | Eating 4 Balance

  15. Pingback: Friday Food Finds #14- Buried Alive | Eating 4 Balance

Let me know what you think. Leave a reply!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s